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London mayor calls for focus on SWI

Regional energy efficiency targets and an increased push to encourage consumers to install solid wall insulation (SWI) are two measures that London mayor Boris Johnson has revealed he wants to see in place by 2015.

The politician was responding to a consultation on the future of the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme, stating it should "providing a safeguard for London’s fuel poor through a regional target, uplifts for delivery in smaller properties, or in the short-term, additional funding for London".

Mr Johnson added that he believed the target for SWI fittings should be increased from 100,000 to 200,000 by 2017, while more localised aims for improving the gas and electricity consumption rate of residential properties should be in place by 2015.

It is hoped that the steps will help the capital achieve a 60 per cent reduction of 1990 carbon dioxide levels by 2025, while all poorly-insulated homes in London are also expected to have been retrofitted by 2030.

Posted by Simon Webster